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Glen Fogel, With Me . . . You (detail), 2011, still from a five-channel color video, 19 minutes 15 seconds.

Glen Fogel

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Glen Fogel, With Me . . . You (detail), 2011, still from a five-channel color video, 19 minutes 15 seconds.

The two painted reproductions of love letters that introduce Glen Fogel’s first solo show announce an exhibitionary poise and epistolary tack. Enlarged to six times their size (one is a diptych), the messages are both addressed to the artist, and, in their infatuated, unself-conscious zeal, strike a universal note of hormonal desperation. “You, both the ideal and the mortal, have taught me the meaning of Love and what it is to feel joy,” one declares, later mentioning someone named Lucas. The other, from Lucas, smolders, “I’m amazed sometimes by the fire in your eye when you talk about things you really believe in,” and so on.

This ardency picks up again, and is ironized, in an installation of five videos. Indulging the tropes of televisual schmaltz on an epic scale, each depicts a ring, three of them studded with diamonds, and is projected onto facing walls. The gems are shot

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